Bewitched reboot casts a spell on ABC with pilot commitment

ABC 2018 Fall ScheduleIt looks as though ABC is even more entrenched now in the revival / reboot trend — after all, they are developing a new version of Bewitched.

According to a new report coming in via Deadlineblack-ish executive producer Kenya Barris and Yamara Taylor (a writer and co-producer on that show) are developing a new version of the comedy series with a pilot commitment. This project came together at the last minute before Barris chose to depart ABC Studios for a new deal over at Netflix, and it’s one that has a lot of ambition behind it.

Yet, this is also a very different Bewitched than the version of the show that aired more than four decades ago. Take a look at the logline below:

In Bewitched, written by Barris and Taylor, Samantha, a Black hardworking, single mom, who happens to be a witch, marries Darren, a White mortal who happens to be a bit of a slacker. They struggle to navigate their differences as she discovers that even when a Black girl is literally magic, she’s still not as powerful as a decently tall White man with a full head of hair in America.

This version of Bewitched, in addition to being socially-relevant and timely to the world today, is also set to be a family comedy with a single-camera format behind it. The idea here is to make it structurally similar to a number of other comedies that ABC already has on the air, including black-ish and also some other hits including Modern Family and The Goldbergs.

While the majority of ABC’s comedy hits are original properties, this is not the first time that they have dipped into the reboot / revival well. After all, this is a network that has already made the decision to do a revival of Roseanne … though that didn’t work out for reasons that you may already know. Yet, that show’s success before Roseanne Barr detonated her own show is one of the reasons why there are so many remakes and revivals right now.

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